The last few days in Augusta have truly proved that a “business approach” to governing a state, often touted as an advantage by candidates with business or commercial background, is a fallacy.

The business and corporate world is composed of skilled leaders, but of necessity they are autocratic dictators. A business is like an airplane or bus: There can only be one driver at a time.

But state government – specifically, the independent branches of legislative and executive – each have their own leaders. This is necessary in a pluralistic democratic society where there are many, often equally valid, opinions.

Enter Gov. Paul LePage. Yes, we may agree that he has been buffoon-like in some of his public appearances. Yet he personally is a man of integrity and great compassion, as well as strong convictions.

He is also a good businessman, which, unfortunately, works directly against his own goals. Used to directing people in his corporate environment, he has tried to guide the state by compulsion, rather than cooperation.

I must applaud our state senators and representatives from both parties for thrashing out between themselves what they, our elected legislators, see what is best for Maine. I hope there comes a time when Gov. LePage can also understand that “my way or the highway” is not the best model from which to govern.

Richard Craven